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Rick to Present on Enabling Adult Children

Heading to the FPA Annual Conference in Minneapolis today. I will give a presentation Friday on “Difficult Client Conversations Around Enabling Adult Children.” The talk highlights the successful use of Financial Therapy to bring about successful outcomes for both the enabler and the enabled. Here is a little preview….

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It’s Not How Much You Spend, It’s Why You Spend

“It’s not just shopping, it’s retail therapy.” As a bumper sticker or a joke between friends, this may be amusing. For those who shop to relieve stress, it’s not nearly so funny. Medicating or soothing painful feelings with money is no healthier a behavior than medicating with alcohol or food. When stressed or in difficult […]

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Investing Money In Happiness

It turns out money can buy happiness, after all—sometimes. Having a good income and the security of money invested for the future don’t insure happiness, of course. They do, however, give us a foundation that can make it easier to find happiness. Part of the secret to using money to foster happiness is knowing what […]

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Why Rosier Economic Outlook Hasn’t Eased Money Anxiety

Two economic indicators suggest that the US economy is recovering from the recession. The housing market is almost back to 2006 levels in most areas of the country. We’ve also seen record highs for the Dow Jones stock index. Yet, according to a recent survey by Money magazine, many people still feel anxious about their […]

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Give Sinking Financial Ship a Chance to Come Back Up

When should you abandon a sinking financial ship? Not merely because it’s being tossed by stormy seas. I was reminded of this at a recent gathering of financial advisors. One participant noted that five years ago he would have never disclosed he was a market timer. Such a revelation would have been greeted with disdain. […]

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